Kind of a little along the lines of what we talked about yesterday. Today I want to talk about the courage to “stand for truth and righteousness”.
Yesterday we talked about how easy it is to get caught up in Satan’s snares of distraction, discouragement and doubt. He would have us be miserable like himself so he will do everything within his power to discourage and distract us from the things that are most important. He will tempt us in every way and make evil sound good, and good sound evil. It’s his job to make us miserable.
The world and all it’s ways make us feel that when we stand for truth and righteousness that we are somehow wrong for believing the way that we do. It can cause doubt to overwhelm us and have us question who we are, and why we are here.
When I was growing up there was a famous quote by Malcom X “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”
I grew up believing that what we stood for as believers in Christ was worth standing up for. Even though I struggled during my own crisis of faith. I firmly believe that standing up for the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is definitely worth standing for and keeps us grounded and immovable. Less capable of falling for anything.
Is it easy? Goodness no. If it were, everyone would be doing it. Christians in this day and time seem to be rare. And many are faltering in faith. But in Joshua 1:9 we are reminded Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed for the Lord they God is with thee withersoever thou goest.
In 1 Timothy 4:12 we are told “… be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
We are reminded over and over again throughout the scriptures and my living prophets and apostles that we have armies of angels all around us to help us stand for truth and righteousness. Even when It’s scary.
In the recent April 2021 conference S. Gifford Nielson emphasizes “Heavenly Father sees us as fearless builders of His kingdom. That is why He sent us here during this most decisive time in the world’s history. This is our time!”
President Russell M. Nelson said shortly after becoming President of the Church: “Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory”
But none of this can happen unless we, as believers of truth and righteousness are too afraid to stand up for what is right.
Quoting again from S. Gifford Nielson’s talk “When winds blow in our lives, where is our focus? Remember, there is always one reliable source of strength and courage. The arms of Jesus extend to us, just as they extended to Peter. As we reach for Him, He will lovingly rescue us. We are His. He said, “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (Isaiah 43:1). He will prevail in your life if you let Him. The choice is yours. (See Russell M. Nelson, “Let God Prevail,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2020, 92–95.)
My invitation to you today is that you will have the courage to stand for truth and righteousness under all circumstances. That you will let God prevail in your life and begin to see that light that will aid you in all of your decisions, and choices in life.
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